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August 27th racing
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Shadyhill Speedway, Medaryville, Ind.
 
August 27, 2016
 
Joey Iliff wins Modified Special at Shadyhill
 
Medaryville, Ind.-Beginning to make his presence known in area modified stock car racing, Rensselaer's Joey Iliff captured the 25-lap $1000-to-win DIRTcar UMP Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals special at Shadyhill Speedway Saturday night.  The victory was the 20-year-old speedster's second win in as many nights of racing at the quarter-mile dirt oval.
 
Starting on the inside of the front row of the 20-car field, Iliff raced with seven-time modified track champion, Nick Allen, the first few laps until engine woes sent Allen to the pits. Five yellow flag caution periods slowed the action, but Iliff, in his second year of modified competition, was up to the task of leading the way on the restarts and building a good margin over second place-running Bub Patrick.
 
Starting 11th in the field, Roger Cavness put on a show, racing around the outside of competitors, picking off a car here and a car there, finally moving into third place on lap 16. Iliff had a solid lead at the checkered flag with Patrick and Cavness, both former track champions, giving chase.  Rounding out the top six were Toby Howard, Jordan Danford and Lynn Johns.  Division points leader Brad DeYoung dropped out of the feature and was credited with 17th place.
 
''It's been a tremendous midyear part of the season,'' said Iliff after his win.  ''I've been racing a lot here and at Kankakee (Ill.) and Plymouth.  I need to thank my Mom and Dad and Bernie Schubert at B&S Race Cars for their help.  It was nerve racking at the drop of the green (flag) with (Nick) Allen on the outside of me.  I was watching him and watching him and then I saw an opportunity on the bottom and I took it.''     
 
DeMotte's Chris Tippit won for the sixth time in I-Mod division feature competition, defeating Jon Robbins, Travis Wolford, Guy Rugg and Brian Craig in the 20-lap headliner. Robbins and Tippit are in a tight battle for season track championship honors.  Chris Joseph, of Kewanna, stayed out front for all 15 laps and captured the Pure Street feature race. TJ Larson and Robert Schmidt chased Joseph to the checkered flag with Joseph scoring his fourth win of the year.
 
14-year-old Jacob Wilkinson, of West Lafayette, won the 15-lap Sport Compact (four-cylinder) division feature, getting by Ryan Lagestee in the closing laps to win for the first time this season.  Lagestee finished second.  In other four-cylinder feature action, 17-year-old Hunter Alilovich, from Monticello, was the winner of the 15-lap Teen 4s division main event, which was his second win of 2016.

 


Joey Iliff celebrates with the gang after winning the $1000-to-win DIRTcar UMP Modified Summit Racing Equipment Nationals 25 lapper at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville, Ind., on Saturday night.  It was Iliff's second win of the season.


Roger Cavness (11) and Nick Allen (21) battle during UMP modified heat race action.


Joey Iliff (J7) races inside of Nick Allen (21) during the opening laps of 25-lap modified feature race.


Jesse Bitterling (225) battles Mike Martin (60) during heat race competition.


Veteran Bub Patrick and his No. 25 won a heat race and finished second in the 25-lap main event.


Current Shadyhill modified division points leader, Brad DeYoung sits in the muddy infield after dropping out of the feature race.


Jordan Danford (10) and Eldon Wright (37) work their way of off turn two.


Roger Cavness (11) uses the outside groove to get by Toby Howard (10) with Cavness grabbing third place in the 25-lap feature.


Chris Tippit (14T) on his way to winning the 20-lap I-Mod division feature race.


Larry Rearden (13) and Chris Tippit battle during an I-Mod heat race.


Travis Wolford (48) is chased by Phil Gerlach (78) during I-Mod heat race action.


Chris Tippit holds the checkered flag high in the air after winning his sixth I-Mod feature race of the year.


Beau DeYoung, son of modified veteran driver Kevin DeYoung, won the eight-lap Pure Street consi.


Chris Joseph poses in victory circle after winning the 15-lap Pure Street feature. 


The start of the Pure Street feature finds Chris Joseph (57) holding the bottom groove with TJ Larson running the high side.


Hunter Alilovich and his No. 99 on their way to winning the Teen 4s division feature.


Hunter Alilovich won for the second time this year in Teen 4s feature action.


Ryan Lagestee (93) tries to hold off Jacob Wilkinson (76) during the Sport Compact main event. 
 
Wilkinson got by and scored the win with Lagestee finishing second.


14-year-old Jacob Wilkinson claimed top honors in the Sport Compact feature for his first win of the year at Shadyhill.


With inches and inches of rain falling in the Medaryville area, it took a lot of track packing to get the quarter-mile dirt oval ready for racing. 
 
At one time, there were more than 50 race cars on the track trying to get the job done.